Whenever someone in church says “man-centered,” I’m pretty sure I know what this means: that the whole spiritual walk needs to be uber-focused on the face-melting glory of God or else we’re totally sugarcoating the wrathful explosive fury of our precious doctrine.
There’s this urgency we need to go back to our roots like Acts 2 and keep it straight Table-Flipping Jesus and there’s no room for feel-good therapeutic advice here, because that would be selfishly consumeristic and you-centered. “God is for Himself and not for you, you know.”
I think I understand all that. Man-centered bad, God-centered good.
I’m just wondering if even God sees it this way. I’m wondering if He makes this sharp distinction between His glory and your problems: because I seem to remember God wore a coat of flesh and became one of us and got right in the middle of our mess. The Gospel seems to be saying that it was His Glory to take on our shame and He was exalted by humbling Himself among us.
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